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MACPHERSON, William Grant.

Handbook of the Medical Services of Foreign Armies. Parts I–VI.

Published: London: HMSO, 1908-11

Stock code: 67260

Price: £1,575

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First editions of these uncommon official publications. Print-runs were 2,000 for each part, but there are just a scatter of complete sets institutionally (10 recorded on OCLC). The individual volumes deal with France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Russia, Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium. They represent a revision of the Handbook of the Medical Organisations, chiefly for War, of Foreign Armies, which was compiled by Lt.-Col. Frank Howard in 1902, which gave brief coverage to around 20 nations. “In consequence of the Geneva Convention … 1906, a knowledge of these services has become of greater importance than previously to officers of the army, more especially to officers of the Royal Army Medical corps, and to all who may be associated with that corps in time of war” (introduction). Lieut.-Col. Macpherson, the compiler of this new series, was later to become colonel commandant of the Royal Army Medical Corps, having been deputy director-general medical services during World War I. During the war he was mentioned in despatches nine times, and received honours from France, Italy and the United States, picking up the sobriquet “Tiger Mac” on account of his ferocious energy and attention to detail. He was the author of the official medical history of the war. These copies from the library of the Royal Army Medical College with their ink-stamps to the wraps.

6 volumes small octavo (164 103 mm). All perfect bound in the original buff textured paper wraps laid down on light archival card. All wraps restored as noted, no loss of text from the upper wraps, part I lacks entire lower wrap, ink-stamps of the Inspector of Medical Services to the upper wraps, light toning, contents clean and sound, a very good set.

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